Oneida middle school student arrested for allegedly making threats

A middle school student has been arrested for allegedly making a threat to harm fellow students.

Posted: Feb 28, 2018 5:32 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2018 5:35 PM

WAMPSVILLE – A middle school student has been arrested for allegedly making a threat to harm fellow students.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says Wednesday afternoon investigators arrested a student who attends Otto Shortell Middle School in the Oneida City School District on the felony charge of making a terroristic threat. Deputies and school officials say students reported that a classmate was overheard making a threat to harm other students. Police say they arrived at the school, deemed the building to be safe, and arrested the student who allegedly made the threats.

Police say students were not in any danger, and the school district says classes will continue normally on Thursday. The suudent has not been identified.

Here is a letter from the school superintendent released Wednesday afternoon:

February 28, 2018

Dear students, parents, and community members:

I am writing to inform you that at approximately 12:50 PM on February 28, 2018, Otto Shortell Middle School received information that a student made threatening remarks about the school. Students reported the incident to administration after overhearing a conversation among students.

Administration was immediately notified, who in turn, conducted an internal investigation and contacted law enforcement. In conjunction with the Madison County Sherriff’s Office, we conducted a threat assessment/search and determined the threat to be not credible. Additionally, the building was deemed safe by law enforcement. Tomorrow, our School Resource Officer, Madison County Sherriff’s Office, and safety team members will be more visible throughout the district. Classes will continue as normal on Thursday and counselors will be available for students. I applaud the students who made school administration aware of this incident, and I
encourage everyone in our community that if you see something, say something.

As always, safety is a top priority within all of our schools and buildings in the Oneida City School District. Essential to this commitment is open communication with parents about safety issues when they arise. We would like to thank the Oneida Police Department for all of their efforts in assisting with the investigation and to keep our students safe!

Sincerely,
Mary-Margaret Zehr
Superintendent

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